Putting a Soul to the City

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Calling all Johor artists; a joint initiative between Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Think City Sdn Bhd and Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF) has launched ‘Iskandar Malaysia Community Public Art’ programme to highlight Johor Bahru’s unique culture and heritage through tangible artistic elements.

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(from left) General Secretary of Bandung Creative City Forum, Dr. Dwinita Larasati, Head of Planning & Compliance of IRDA, Maimunah Jaafar and Member Board of Director of Think City Sdn Bhd, Suryani Senja Alias during the press conference of Iskandar Malaysia Community Public Art

In line with the mission making Johor Bahru ‘A Vibrant Heritage and Cultural City’, BCCF will bring in their experience and international flavour by conducting Artist Residency programme for eligible local artists and showcase their artwork at selected locations around town.

“Art is emotional; something that moves our mind. Art evolves with society in a particular region and Johor is rich with its heritage, therefore, we must defend that value while going forward to build a modern city. We want to ensure that as the city develops, we are able to instill life or soul into that city through others’ experiences,” said Chief Executive of IRDA, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim during the launch.

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(from left) General Secretary of Bandung Creative City Forum, Dr. Dwinita Larasati, Member Board of Director of Think City Sdn Bhd, Suryani Senja Alias and Chief Executive of IRDA, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim launched Iskandar Malaysia Community Public Art programme

General Secretary of Bandung Creative City Forum, Dr. Dwinita Larasati said that BCCF and Think City have been working within the framework of South East Asia including Bandung in Indonesia, Penang, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines to showcase what each city is good at and how the community can create a city through art.

The residency programme is targeted to commence in October 2017 and will cater 10 emerging-to-established artists in visual, sculptures or 3D installation art disciplines at a time for a period of 2 months that includes a field visit to Bandung, Indonesia.

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Chief Executive of IRDA, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim during his welcoming speech

Interested participants can submit their personal data and portfolio (past work samples, reasons to participate and summary of skills and experience) to http://bit.ly/2uLWkZt or [email protected] before 17th August 2017.

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